We spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Kansas City’s Union Station and Science City. First stop was the old Jones Store miniature train. It was once a popular attraction at the Jones Store downtown. Riders must be under 48″ tall (approximately 5-6 years of age and under). Members to Union Station can let their kids ride for free, but it is a fairly steep ticket price of $5/ child if not. (We did not know about the ticket price until after the ride…they had not been very vigilant checking tickets until they un-boarded the train. So we felt obligated to pay the ticket price…)
Behind the Jones Store train the Union Station had a spectacular train exhibit in an area that is hardly noticeable unless you know it is there. Over 8,000 square feet of toy trains. From tiny N-scale model trains to the big G-scale giants of the model train world. The detail of the exhibits is something to behold! The Model Railroad Experience is a FREE admission with any Union Station ticket!
Named one of the country’s 25 best science centers by Parents Magazine, Science City provides over 200,000 visitors annually with an engaging environment ripe for exploration, experimentation and discovery.
Its magic starts with its location. An architectural and historic marvel, Union Station provides a venue unlike any other science center in the nation. From the moment you pass under the clock tower to your first step inside the cityscape of Science City, the experience sets the stage for making memories.
There is something for everyone at Science City.
We visited Science City at Union Station
The first stop in Union Station was at the train that use to run at the old Jones Store in Kansas City.
The Holiday Spirit Train, also known as the Jones Store Train, is a must do for young riders on trips around the holiday tree this winter season. It was a treat for Becca and Henry to this fun ride on the miniature E-10 model streamliner that originally ran in Kansas City’s Jones Store from the 1940s to the mid-1970s. The Holiday Spirit Train is sure to bring back your favorite childhood memories (if you lived in this area), and create new ones.
We spent hours there but even then we did not see everything. We will definitely have to visit again….